Musée Des Beaux Arts vs. Good Country People Contrast Essay

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Musée des Beaux Arts vs. Good Country People Contrast Essay By Adriana Bryant The poem Musèe des Beaux Arts premise seems to be about life continuing to go on even in the face of suffering, while in Good Country People, seems to be about the physical suffering and the knowledge of good and evil. The suffering in Musèe des Beaux Arts may be linked to apathy, where as the suffering in Good Country People, may be linked to preoccupation with the purely physical and these differences in both authors’ approach are expressed significant through theme, figurative language, and imagery. The theme in Musèe des Beaux Arts is that although one person may be suffering in the world, another is happy. Life continues to go on no matter what. One person may be dying, yet another is getting ready to be born. It shows how even while some people see suffering, as long as they are not, they seem to look the other way. For example, it refers to the story of Icarus, who’s father gave him wings to escape their labyrinth prison and told him to fly at the middle altitude, because to fly to close to the ocean would cause the wings to get soaked with water, and to fly to close to the sun would melt the wings. But Icarus, being exhilarated with flight, flew higher and higher until the sun melted the wax on the wings and he fell into the sea and drowned. In the picture that Musèe des Beaux Arts is about, you can see Icarus’ legs sticking out of the water and the ship sailing by paying no attention to the drowning boy. As it states in lines 15 through 20 “In Brueghel’s Icarus, for instance: How everything turns away Quite leisurely from the disaster; ploughman may Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry, But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen

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